Friday, 7 March 2008

Woman jailed for 24 years for murdering teenage friend

Two young women will spend at least 24-years behind bars for what has been described as the evil and perverse murder of a teenage girl in the Perth suburb of Lathlain.

Lesbian lovers Jessica Stasinowsky, 21, and Valerie Parashumti, 20, bludgeoned and strangled 16-year-old Stacey Mitchell in December 2006, before dumping her body in a wheelie bin.

British-born Stacey was staying at the Lathlain house after arguing with her parents and running away from home.

Stasinowsky immediately hated her because she thought the teenager was flirting with Parashumti, Justice Blaxell said.

Today Justice Peter Blaxall sentenced the two women to strict security life imprisonment saying they lacked remorse and obviously placed no value on the sanctity of human life.

He also said the women enjoyed being sexually aroused by violence, which he said was a formidable hurdle in their rehabilitation.

Justice Blaxall also recommended that the women not be permitted to associate together in prison because they shared what he called the same perverse outlook on life.

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Two teenage girls strangled another girl to death with a chain and then videoed her blood-splattered bedroom.

Jessica Ellen Stasinowsky, 20, and her girlfriend Valerie Paige Parashumti, 19, bludgeoned 16-year-old Stacey Mitchell with a concrete block, and then strangled her, a court in Perth heard.

One of the girl's was believed to be a member of a vampire cult, reports Australia's Daily Telegraph.

The pair have pleaded guilty to the murder, which they say was provoked by their obsessive need to prove their commitment to each other.

The girl's prosecutor David Dempster told the West Australian Supreme Court the girls killed Stacey because she had been "so f**king annoying" after moving in with them in late December 2006.

On the evening of the murder, the girls had given Stacey, who they had only known for three days, an alcoholic drink containing a sleeping pill. Parashumti then repeatedly bashed Stacey in the head with a concrete block. Stasinowksy then tied a belt chain around Stacey's neck while her girlfriend continued to beat her with the block, the court heard.

Once they knew she was dead, they kissed each other over the body after she died. They also recorded the aftermath on a mobile phone, which showed them mopping blood and pulling a blanket back from Stacey's semi-naked body.

The girls grinned at each other in court, which caused the judge Justice Peter Blaxell to give them both warnings.

"She is then abused by both offenders and they both mock her English accent," Dempster said.

The two-minute scene ended with laughter and Parashumti saying: "When I was beating the f**k out of her with a rock."

The pair then dumped their victim's body head first in a wheelie bin behind the house and were still discussing ways of disposing of her body when police arrived looking for the teenager, who had been reported missing by her parents on 17 December.

The girls had been angry with Stacey over a breach of confidence, but admitted they would have killed her anyway because she was annoying, Dempster said.

Parashumti's lawyer, David Edwardson, QC, said the murder appeared to be senseless, sadistic and without justification, partly motivated by a desire to dispel Stasinowsky's jealousy about Stacey, who walked around the house scantily clad in a bikini.

The court heard about Parashumti's violent upbringing, and that she did not believe anyone from a cherished background like Stacey, who had talked about killing herself, had a right to live, he said.

Parashumti had no remorse about killing Stacey but asked her lawyer to apologise for the distress her actions caused the teenager's family.

[Then what is remorse? Only the Daily Telegraph could write a sentence so contradictory - of course Parashumti showed remorse if she apologised. Then again if she didn't show any remorse like it was reported (regardless of the contradiction in the above statement) then the papers and the authorities can just reproduce that story to make her stay in jail longer and punish her more than others. So how does that solve the problem of other people who may have been mistreated doing the same thing? It would be interesting to find out more about Parashumti's violent upbringing.]

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